The camouflage of this ground-nester known as Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) makes it difficult to spot amongst scattered dead leaves on the open ground. In Malaysia, this species is also known as burung tukang kubur as it’s frequently in the cemeteries at night.
The Large-tailed Nightjar is active at night. It is fond of perching on lamp posts and catching insects that are attracted to the lights. This species of bird eats a variety of insects, including moths, crickets, grasshoppers, wasps, beetles, and bugs. These are taken on the wing or hawked from the ground. The adult male has a mixture of finely vermiculated brownish and greyish plumage, streaked with black, most boldly on the crown, and mottled with rufous on the wings. The moustachial streak is white or buffy white while the rictal bristles are black and white at the base. The adult female is similar to the male but the spots on the wings and tail are buff, not white. [Source: MyBIS].
Name: Large-tailed nightjar
Scientific: Caprimulgus macrurus
Malay: Burung Malas / Burung Tukang / Burung Tukang Ekor Besar / Tukang Kubur
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G
Location: Kuala Lumpur
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